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Up in Smoke is the twenty-third episode of NCIS Season 9 and the 209th episode of the entire NCIS series.


During a routine visit to the dentist, NCIS Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget gets a shock when he discovers a bug implanted in his tooth. The investigation leads the NCIS team to a grief-stricken businessman-turned-terrorist who is seeking revenge against the Navy for his son's death.


The episode opens with a recap of what's happened over the last few episodes and ends with NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs adding Harper Dearing's photo to the NCIS: Most Wanted wall, confirming that Dearing is the newest threat to NCIS.

In a dentist's office, Dr. Edgar Cromwell is busy working on the mouth of a patient with Cromwell wondering what happened.

Although it's muffled, the patient remarks that he doesn't know and that he hit her.

Cromwell remarks that the guy must have been pretty scared before he wonders how badly did she hit him?

The patient states that's it all right.

Cromwell tells the patient that he's lucky.

"Yeah right yeah", the patient remarks.

"You can say that again", Cromwell states.

Seconds later, Cromwell then produces a tooth from the patient's mouth and as the patient closes his mouth, Cromwell examines it, remarking that the patient definitely fractured his implant.

Cromwell also states that it looks like a popcorn kernel and that Cromwell can see the pieces.

The patient then sits up, revealing that it's none other than NCIS Probationary Agent Ned Dorneget who's stunned at the popcorn kernel.

Cromwell remarks that it happens all the time and that most people don't realize the tensile strength of the...

He then stops upon realizing something.

Dorneget wonders what's wrong.

Cromwell states that the implant isn't solid and it's no wonder Dornget fractured it.

The two then glance down at the item.

Cromwell then uses a small item to pick it up, revealing that it's a bug of some sort.

"Was that in my tooth?", Dorneget wonders.

He smiles before realizing if someone bugged his mouth.

"What did you say you did again?", Cromwell asks.

It then cuts to Dorneget who looks completely stunned.

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Act Five

Gibbs after learning from Tony and Ziva that Vance has disappeared.


Series Regulars

Name Portrayed by Role
Leroy Jethro Gibbs Mark Harmon Special Agent in charge of the NCIS Major Case Response Team.
Anthony DiNozzo Junior Michael Weatherly Senior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Ziva David Cote de Pablo Junior Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Abigail Sciuto Pauley Perrette Chief Forensic Specialist of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Timothy McGee Sean Murray (actor) Special Agent of the NCIS Major Response Team.
Leon Vance Rocky Carroll Director of NCIS.
Donald Mallard David McCallum Chief Medical Examiner of the NCIS Major Response Team.

Recurring Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
James Palmer Brian Dietzen Assistant Medical Examiner.
Ned Dorneget Matt L. Jones Probationary Special Agent in whom a high tech bug is implanted.
Samantha Ryan Jamie Lee Curtis Head of the Department of Defense PsyOps (MIOS) Division.
Vincent Maple Rick Peters President of Dearing's corporation who is revealed to have been embezzling funds.
Harper Dearing Richard Schiff A reclusive billionaire and the man behind the terrorist attacks against the Navy. His first on-screen and speaking appearance.

Other Cast

Name Portrayed by Role
Jay Berman Jason Gray-Stanford Dorneget's dentist who implanted the bug.
Edgar Cromwell Loren Lester A dentist who uncovers the bug in Dorneget's tooth.
Ghenna Kozlov Dimiter D. Marinov A man who appears in the episode.
Freddie Fountain Dylan Kenin A man who appears in the episode.
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